Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Pope Versus Paul Ryan

How dare the pope question a rich white American man, like Paul Ryan, about his religion of greed and fear and hatred of the poor.

The Pope gets pretty specific about which sorts of ideas he's standing against, too. This bit could be a bit awkward for Paul Ryan, a Catholic and Ayn Rand devotee, going forward:

Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.

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